Amazing Math Mazes!
Level A – Set 3
Amazing Math Mazes is an engaging and challenging way to practice adding numbers to 20.
The problems posed in these mazes require simple addition using small numbers – yet the problems themselves are not simple. The addition situation is novel. Children must grasp the number concept and find the path through the maze to build that number. The fact that these are not typical is what makes them truly a “problem” to be solved.
This set of problems includes teaching examples and sample problems for you to use in introducing the maze task. It is the second in our beginning mazes series (Level A).
Although geared toward the first and second grade standards, this activity is really for anyone who enjoys a challenge. This set provides the model for later, more difficult maze situations.
Each set of mazes includes a week’s worth of fun.
Each set involves a slightly greater level of challenge.
You and your students will love these daily puzzles. Working alone or with partners, they discover the path to a successful solution.
Children enter the maze at the ENTER point and find a path to the solution written at the EXIT point. The squares in their path must be touching. They may show their path by arrows and/or by coloring the squares.
Watch their proficiency grow as they wrestle with these challenges and experience the thrill of reaching a solution.
Addressing the Common Core Standards:
The Common Core wants us to emphasize the Mathematical Practices in connection to the content standards. One of these practices is perseverance (Math Practice 1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them). With Amazing Math Mazes, children are practicing addition in the context of a nonword problem. They must persevere to solve them. They must practice flexible thinking and be willing to approach the problem in different ways. They must also reason abstractly with quantities (Math Practice 2) and justify their solutions (Math Practice 6, Attend to Precision).
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